Given how the circus of a coaching search at Tennessee has played out over the last few days, there has been a growing sentiment on Rocky Top, spearheaded by the great Wes Rucker, that the Vols should bring a certain pirate to Knoxville. Based on one report, that could very well be in the process of happening.
After being spurned by at least the fourth prospective permanent head coach, UT reportedly pivoted its attention to Kevin Sumlin. At the same time, speculation gained additional traction that Jimbo Fisher would take over at Texas A&M, with Sumlin being in play for the vacant FSU job.
Facing the possibility of getting rejected and/or snubbed yet again, it’s being reported that UT has turned its attention to Washington State’s Mike Leach.
Sources tell @NBCDFWSports that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is working on a deal to become the next coach at Tennessee. A deal could be announced Friday. I’m working on more details.
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) December 1, 2017
FootballScoop.com also writes that “[i]n doing our diligence earlier in the week we were told if offered Mike was likely to accept.”
Mike Leach in the SEC — MIKE LEACH IN THE SEC!!! — with an annual matchup, for at least a couple more years, with Nick Saban? Yes. Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes.
After what’s been a FUBAR search process, landing Leach would be no less than a walk-off, grand-slam home run for embattled athletic director John Currie.